Marvel’s Avengers achieved a magnificent feat: injection of the “shared universe” notion into the world of blockbuster filmmaking. Now, high on victory fumes, Marvel has accomplished something almost as impressive by making their onscreen universe as confusing as the various strands of their comic book multiverse. A new infographic from The Art of Marvel’s The Avengers maps the chronologies of all six Avengers movies, beginning with the failed Frost Giant invasion of Norway, and including all the stuff that happened in ugly stepchild The Incredible Hulk. The most enjoyable revelation from the timeline is also cuckoo bananas: The events of Thor, Iron Man 2, and The Incredible Hulk all took place in the same seven-day period.
During these seven days, known as Fury’s Big Week, Stark Expo in Flushing Meadows exploded, Hulk rampaged against the Abomination in Harlem, Asgard was attacked, and a New Mexico town was demolished.
Anyone interested in the future of Marvel’s onscreen universe take note: Every item on the timeline is demarcated with a symbol representing a superhero — Thor’s hammer, Iron Man’s helmet, etc. — except for some items which are marked with a S.H.I.E.L.D. banner. This could mean that rumors of a Black Widow/Hawkeye-centric S.H.I.E.L.D. movie are true. Or it could mean that, much like in the comics, S.H.I.E.L.D. is the weak glue holding a fictional universe together. Click here for a full-size look at the timeline, you nerd.
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